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International Council of Yacht Clubs 



The ICOYC website provides a window into the world of the leading yacht clubs, with their long histories and fine traditions. Over the past several years, a significant number of these clubs have joined together to form the International Council of Yacht Clubs. This has helped them by sharing their experiences, learning from their successes (and failures), and reviewing the common challenges they face. 

On this website you will find information, news and views about the ICOYC, details of the member clubs, plans for events, and comments on yachting-related developments. You will also find copies of the ICOYC printed newsletters. Full proceedings of world-wide forums and regional conferences are in the pages reserved for signed-in members of ICOYC.  

What's New at ICOYC ?

Last updated Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Click HERE for the CURRENTS section featuring late breaking news in the yachting world. 

Opening Day News

Send your club's opening day information to webeditor@icoyc.org for posting. Click on the club's name to view announcement information.

Long Beach Yacht Club - 18 March 2017
Royal Southern Yacht Club - 08 April 2017
Verein Seglerhaus am Wannsee - VSAW - 22 April 2017
Seattle Yacht Club - 06 May 2017

Upcoming Regional Conferences

The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2017 will be held in Sydney on 28-30 September 2017 hosted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. More information will be posted on Regional Conferences/Asia-Pacific.

The European Regional Conference 2017 will be held in Marseilles on 13-15 October, hosted by Société Nautique de Marseille. More information will be posted on Regional Conferences/Europe.

The Americas Regional Conference 2017 will be held in Chicago on 20-22 October, hosted by Chicago Yacht Club. More information will be posted on Regional Conferences/Americas

New Member Clube Naval de Cascais
The member club page for CNC is now posted and can be seen on Members/Clube Naval de Cascais.

2017 ICOYC Cruise in Finland, 29 July - 06 August 2017
The Sailing in the Finnish Archipelago Cruise is being hosted by Nyländska Jaktklubben (NJK) during the summer of 2017. Full details have been posted in On the Water/ICOYC Cruises in the section titled "2017 July - Sailing in the Finnish Archipelago" under Cruise Details. Registration is open and the form can be downloaded HERE. The lovely PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded HERE and a PDF version HERE

2016 Commodores' Forum in Copenhagen - Finished and the Presentations are Posted!

The Forum is finished and the presentations been posted for logged-in members only. Take a look at Forums/Past Commodores Forum and pull down the 2016 Forum tab. 

Atlantic Anniversary Regatta Update
Norddeutscher Regatta Verein has released a Save the Date message and a Presentation describing this Trans-Atlantic regatta in 2017 and with the fleet returning to Europe in 2018.

NRV is preparing to celebrate the its 150th Anniversary in 2018 and will do so by hosting a Transatlantic Race.  Incidentally Yacht Club Costa Smeralda –www.yccs.it– of Porto Cervo / SARDINIA – one of NRV's Reciprocal Clubs – will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2017. Therefore, both Clubs have decided to join hands in organizing two outstanding Trans-Atlantic Races in 2017 and 2018.  In November 2017 the YCCS will host the westbound regatta from the Canary Islands to Virgin Gorda, BVI, with the finish line in front of their Caribbean Clubhouse.  In July 2018 – supported by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in Hamilton – www.rbyc.bm– another one of NRV's Reciprocal Clubs – the NRV will host the eastbound regatta from Bermuda to Hamburg / GERMANY. Go to Member Clubs/Norddeutscher Regatta Verein for details.

2016 Commodores' Forum - Photos are Posted
Forum attendees are posting their photos of the forum sessions, the Commodores's Cup, the social events, and of Copenhagen on the Photo Gallery page. Check out the photos now! Attendees still have time to send their photos to webeditor@icoyc.org for posting. Read how to do this on the Photo Gallery page. 

Scroll down to Currents, the bulletin board showing news articles of interest to ICOYC members.



A Message from the President of ICOYC

Welcome to the Council's website. We trust you will be able to gain an insight into many of our member yacht clubs from around the world and the activities the Council promotes. Yachting is amazing how it fires the passion for the sea, it is good for the soul and, best of all, it joins us together from many corners of the globe.

The well-established clubs of the ICOYC share history and traditions that are relevant to today's sailing, but also these experiences can be utilised to shape the future of our sport. At the Council we share our thoughts and ideas for the future so we can learn from the hard fought lessons of others. This commitment to learning and sharing underlies all that we are passionate about, that is to improve and grow sailing for the future generations of our clubs.

Clubs are important to the longevity of our sport, allowing opportunities for like-minded persons to go sailing and share the thrill and share enjoyment of time on the water. Many of our clubs operate very similarly, therefore the sharing by members allows take outs that improve what we do, irrespective of where our sailing waters are located.

The participants in the Council's organisational structure are a mix of highly motivated volunteers who are currently or have been Flag Officers or Commodores. This experience at high levels of individual club participation provides valuable insights that can be shared readily with Council members.

We must not forget why we go sailing and that is to have fun with our fellow members. To develop the social side of the Council while learning we annually meet in the regions globally to share our comraderie that we foster and develop over years of exchange.

Our role is to ensure our clubs are relevant to the future so sailing can grow and strengthen through our actions and care for our sport. Take a look and see for yourself. Please click here for contacts in the member clubs and here for contracts in the Board of Directors.

Happy sailing,

Andy Anderson

 PS: Send me your comments at President@icoyc.org


Currents - What's New within ICOYC

A Note to Visitors

The headlines below point to reports, print articles, and web sites of interest to members of ICOYC clubs.  Click on the headline to open up the expanded text and internet links.  Send your reports and items that will be of interest to fellow ICOYC club members to webeditor@icoyc.org for publication
Occasionally more ICOYC-specific material is posted on the private pages of this website. These are only available to members of Council yacht clubs who have passwords. If your club is a member of the ICOYC, and you have some particular interest, please inquire of your club’s ICOYC Representative for information on how to get access to the private pages. 

Note: The links marked Members Only are password protected and are only available to logged-in members of ICOYC. Comments can be addressed webeditor@icoyc.org 

Past ICOYC Director, Jack Sullivan, December 1933 - March 2017, Seattle Yacht Club
Posted 11Apr2017
As President I wish to inform our members of Jack’s recent passing leaves the ICOYC at a loss for this great man. He had such a great love of life, interest in people and all things the Council stood for. The Council provided a good excuse to travel, and engage in discussions around his passion for yachting. He will be truly missed by all. Andy Anderson President International Council Of Yacht Clubs 
RHKYC Announces 40th Anniversary San Fernando Race
Posted 3Apr2017
480nm Category 1 Offshore Race from Hong Kong to the Philippines Starts 12 April 2017. Organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), the 2017 edition of this biennial race will feature 16 sailing yachts sailing across four divisions, IRC Racer 0, 1, IRC Cruising and HKPN. The largest boat in the fleet, Seng Huang Lee’s 100ft Super Maxi Scallywag will be looking to break the monohull race record of 49h 55m 12s set in 2001 by 70’ ULDB Sled, FfreeFire. Chan will be defending his record on his latest TP52 FreeFire, this will be the 8th race for Hong Kong based owner Sam Chan succession of FreeFire’s. Joining Scallywag and FreeFire in IRC Racer 0 is Ernesto Echauz’s TP52 from the Philippines Standard Insurance Centennial. IRC Racer 1 features a fleet of 7 boats Hong Kong rivals Ambush and Mandrake III, with Joachim Isler and Drew Taylor on board their McConaghy-built, Mills 41 and the Nick Burns / Fred Kinmonth owned Sydney GTS43 will push their boats to see who pulls out ahead. Joining this fleet is Singapore’s Jonathan Mahony’s HYD 42 Zanzibar. In IRC Cruising, first time entry Swan 55 Emocean2 will be raced double handed by owner Christopher Allan and experienced offshore crew Olivier Decamps. Also in IRC Cruising San Fernando Race Committee Chairman’s Peter Churchouse’s Warwick Custom Moonblue 2, Anthony Day’s XC50 Explorer another first time San Fernando skipper Michael Ashbrook on board his Jeanneau 479 Sitka. Race organisers are hoping for better conditions then the 2015 edition when Typhoon Maysak forced the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club to re-route competitors in the interest of competitor safety. The fleet was sent on a 330nm triangular race of physical and virtual marks, which took the fleet south-west of Hong Kong, leaving the Lemas to starboard, around four virtual way-points in a figure of eight before returning via Dangan Dao to finish at Shek O Rock. The warning signal for the 2017 San Fernando Race will sound at 1310hrs on Wednesday 12 April, against the backdrop of RHKYC’s Kellett Island Clubhouse in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Spectators wishing to follow the race can keep up with the yacht movements on Yellowbrick trackers and armchair sailors can race alongside the fleet on Virtual Regatta and SailOnline.org. Further information about the race is available on the event website www.sanfernadorace.com Media Schedule To register for any event, please email media@rhkyc.org.hk Race Start – Wednesday 12 April, Victoria Harbour, starting 1320hrs. Media Boat from 1245hrs. Overall Prizegiving – Wednesday 26 April, Compass Room RHKYC Kellett Island, starting 1900hrs  
RHKYC hosts the 2018 29er Worlds
Posted 27Mar2017
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club today announced the release of the Notice of Race for the Zhik 29er World Championship 2018. Eligible skippers are invited to apply for entry to this premier event. Click on the article title to download the full announcement 
US Rolex Yachtswoman of the year 2016. speaks about future of our sport, video
Posted 25Mar2017
15 year old Daniela Moroz winner of the US Rolex Yachtswoman of the year 2016. speaks about her development and those who helped, at the Rolex Awards Ceremony. She expresses many things to think about as we consider the future of our sport and clubs, and the role of youth, different forms of sailing and how to form the future by our actions. This is a must watch video: https://vimeo.com/208577410  
YCI Elects Nicolò Reggio as its President for 2017-2020
Posted 25Mar2017
The Board of Directors of the Yacht Club Italiano, elected by club members on 11th March 2017, met in accordance with Art. 23 of the Articles of Association to vote the Officers who will form the Executive Council of the Club for the next four years. The voting outcome was as follows: President: Nicolò Reggio Vice President: Matteo Berlingieri Vice President: Jean Dufour Secretary General: Emanuele Bassino Treasurer: Nicolò Caffarena In his opening and thanksgiving speech President Nicolò Reggio remarked some of the main issues expressed in the Strategic and Organizational Plan thought having in mind the future of the Club, reminding what was performed by the previous Board of Directors and, in particular, by thanking leaving President Dr. Carlo Croce, for his many years of support and dedication to the Club.  
CUBAR Odyssey 2017 - San Diego to Baja California
Posted 22Mar2017
Hi from San Diego Yacht Club! I’m helping to get the word out about a fundraising dinner for CUBAR (Cruise Underway to Baja Rally) on Thursday, May 25 at SDYC. More information is included on the attachment or on the CUBAR website here: http://cubar.sdyc.org/ Click on the title to download a colorful PDF.  
The Perfect Junior Big Boat Trainer
Posted 16Mar2017
Peter Becker, head coach of the Young American Junior Big Boat Team, reports how the success of their program begins with the boat. American Yacht Club (Rye, NY) has had an active junior big boat program for generations which traditionally overlapped with the eight-week-long junior dinghy program. However, in 2013, Rob Alexander and myself teamed up to supersize the program by expanding the junior’s racing season from spring to fall, setting the juniors up to race against the adult-sailed boats. Click on the article title to download the full story. 
World Sailing Presidential Update – March 2017
Posted 14Mar2017
World Sailing President Kim Andersen shares some of the progress that has been made and what is to come in the future. Notably, this includes the upcoming World Sailing survey which has already been distributed to each Member National Authority (MNA), as well as preparations made towards the mid-year meeting. Click on the article title to expose the web link. 
Hong Kong Race Week Video (and other RHKYC videos)
Posted 4Mar2017
Hong Kong Race Week - really good footage and interviews with kids from 6 up. 6:36 length Click on the article title to see the link to the Race Week video and to other videos produced by Royal Hong Yacht Club 
US Sailing's 2016 Rolex Yachtsman & Yachstwoman Award
Posted 4Mar2017
Watch the video, click on the article to get a link to the Youtube site.  
St Francis YC Members Named US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year
Posted 4Mar2017
Having the Time of Their Lives March 3, 2017 – New York, NY Two Californians traveled to the New York Yacht Club to pick up their reward and recognition for receiving the prestigious US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. Given out since 1961 and sponsored by Rolex since 1980, the awards recognize male and female sailors who have demonstrated on-the-water excellence and superior results at international and/or national events. It’s an outstanding accomplishment for two very young and accomplished sailors. Click on article's title to see full story and photo.  
ICOYC Competes in the Transpac 2017
Posted 27Feb2017
At this date, with the closing of early entries, we are proud to report that fully 19 of the 52 entries are from ICOYC Clubs. Click on the article title to display a list of ICOYC clubs in the 2017 Transpac. 
America's Cup Year has special resonance for the Andrew Simpson Foundation
Posted 18Feb2017
It will not have escaped many people's notice that 2017 is the year of the America's Cup in Bermuda, a much‐anticipated sporting event of global interest and of special significance to the Trustees, Management team, Supporters and Beneficiaries of the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF). The Foundation's founding Trustees include Sir Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy OBE. The Foundation is the charity that was set up to honour the life and legacy of sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson MBE who lost his life, aged 36, in a tragic accident during training for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco Bay in 2013. *** read the full article and the Bart's Bash by clicking on the article title and downloading the PDF HERE *** 
Yacht Racing Forum 2017 - November 27-28, Aarus, Denmark
Posted 14Feb2017
Save the date - Yacht Racing Forum 2017 The leading annual conference for the business of sailing and yacht racing will take place on November 27 - 28 in Aarhus, Denmark. February 14, 2017 - After a successful edition in Malta, the Yacht Racing Forum invites members of the yacht racing community from all over the world to Save the Date and join the 2017 event, on November 27-28 in Aarhus, Denmark. Organized by MaxComm Communication and presented by Aarhus Events, Sport Event Denmark and Sailing Aarhus, the Forum will provide a unique opportunity to network, debate the future of the sport and make business for the tenth year in a row. We accept early registrations. Our Early Bird rate will be valid for the top 80 registrants ! If you want to learn more about this event, check the 2016 Post Event Report, with some interesting statistics and achievements from last year’s Forum. We look forward to welcoming you to the Yacht Racing Forum 2017 in Aarhus ! For more information and registration: www.yachtracingforum.com *** Click on the article title to expose the web links ***  
StFYC Readies the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series.NOR Posted.
Posted 13Feb2017
Every year, Rolex Big Boat Series reestablishes itself as the premier US west coast sailing regatta, with top-tier race management and an unbeatable sailing venue. In 2016, St. Francis Yacht Club welcomed the regatta’s biggest fleet in history with 125 competitors. This year, from September 13–17, 2017, the club is prepared to host another great event, this time welcoming the new glamor class of the Pacific 52s as it arrives on the international racing stage. The Pac52, which features the hull of a TP52 with a slightly taller mast and lighter engine, turned heads at the 2016 Rolex Big Boat Series when Victor Wild’s (San Diego, Calif.) Pac52 Fox dominated in ORR A, besting her seven-boat class with four first-place finishes and a low score of 12 points. This year, four Pac52s are slated to race in the Rolex Big Boat Series. In addition to the Pac52 class, the 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series expects to welcome several Santa Cruz 50s and 52s, a variety of PHRF and ORR rated boats and multiple one-design classes including J/105s, J/120s, J/70s, Express 37s and California 40s. Whether you are a repeat competitor or a first-time San Francisco racer, the 52nd Rolex Big Boat Series is an unbeatable way to cap off your season. The event NOR is posted and registration is open. Click on the article title to see the weblinks.  
Update to the NRV-YCCS Atlantic Anniversary Regatta
Posted 9Feb2017
Breaking News on the back-to-back crossing the Atlantic Regattas. The westbound leg will be started on Lanzarote, Canary Islands / SPAIN on November 25th, 2017 with the finish line in front of the Caribbean Clubhouse of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda – www.yccs.it – on Virgin Gorda, BVI. The return leg eastbound will be started on July 7th, 2018 from Hamilton / BERMUDA to Hamburg / GERMANY where the NRV will receive the participants for a big party while celebrating its 150th Anniversary. At this time 31 yachts and their crews have already registered for the event but we hope to net a couple of more yachtsmen from the ICOYC member clubs and other yacht clubs to participate in this once in a lifetime regatta series. For more information, look at the regatta website – www.anniversary-regatta.com Click on the article title to download more information. 
Hamble Classics - Coverage by Social Media
Posted 5Feb2017
Hamble Classics 2017: http://scuttlebutteurope.com Scuttlebutt Europe 3rd February Hamble Classics Regatta Hamble, Hampshire, UK: Building on the resounding success of last year's inaugural regatta that attracted 65 entries, the 2017 Hamble Classics is set to welcome all styles of classic yachts including Metre classes, Classic Racers and Cruisers, Old Gaffers, Dayboats and Spirit of Tradition yachts, with racing formatted to suit each type. All entrants will enjoy the superb facilities at one of the UK's top yacht clubs, with first class race management and a full social programme. Expressions of interest and preferences are most welcome by signing up for more information here: eepurl.com/bJbAgD The Notice of Race and entry details will be published in early March on the Royal Southern's website at www.royal-southern.co.uk http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/194263/Dates-announced-for-2nd-Hamble-Classics-Regatta?source=email http://bbn.firetrench.com/2017/02/royal-southern-yc-news-dates-announced-for-2nd-hamble-classics-regatta/ www.classicboat.co.uk (nice home page!) http://www.classicboat.co.uk/news/hamble-classics-dates-announced-2017/ http://www.bymnews.com/ https://www.luvmyboat.com/news/the-royal-southern-yacht-club-will-host-the-second-hamble-classics-regatta-on-16-17th-september/18107/ http://www.oga.org.uk/solent/events/hamble-classics-southern-2017  
The Royal Southern Yacht Club will host the second Hamble Classics Regatta on 16-17th September 2017
Posted 3Feb2017
Building on the resounding success of last year's inaugural regatta that attracted 65 entries, the 2017 Hamble Classics is set to welcome all styles of classic yachts including Metre classes, Classic Racers and Cruisers, Old Gaffers, Dayboats and Spirit of Tradition yachts, with racing formatted to suit each type. All entrants will enjoy the superb facilities at one of the UK's top yacht clubs, with first class race management and a full social programme. The Hamble Classics Event Director and Royal Southern Yacht Club member Jonty Sherwill is pleased that the Royal Southern is once again hosting the regatta, commenting: "We had a fantastic response to last year's Hamble Classics and our aim this year is to welcome even more visitors to this superb regatta and to enjoy what the Royal Southern and the River Hamble has to offer. Some will take the racing very seriously but the event is all about the love of classic yachts, a chance to see old friends, make new ones, and enjoy some fun parties!" Expressions of interest and preferences are most welcome by signing up for more information here: http://eepurl.com/bJbAgD. The Notice of Race and entry details will be published in early March on the Royal Southern's website at http://www.royal-southern.co.uk.  
Beyond Their Terms
Posted 3Jan2017
Gary Jobson writes about the contributions of past flag officers which continue beyond their term of office. "Out of Office, but not out of sight." Click on the article title to download the full story. 
Hong Kong Race Week
Posted 13Dec2016
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is pleased to invite members of the International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) to join youth sailors from around the Asian region at our upcoming ASAF Youth Cup affiliated, Hong Kong Race Week event in February 2017. As the biggest sailing regatta held in Hong Kong, we would be pleased to encourage youth sailors from amongst your International Council of Yacht Clubs members, to participate at this well attended international event. Racing will be taking place out on our world class race tracks, the venues of our upcoming major events: the 2017 Optimist Asians & Oceania Championships and the 2018 - 29er World Championships. For more details, click on the article title and view the full announcement.  
Pacific Keel Boat Challenge 2017
Posted 8Nov2016
Please find attached invitation to share with your sailing office and club members. We would love to see you in Auckland for this event that ties into the 2017 Auckland Regatta. If you need any further information cc’d is MRX Yachting. Hopefully we will see some of you there! regards Hayden Porter | General Manager | Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron 181 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven Marina, Auckland | PO Box 46182, Herne Bay, Auckland 1147 T: +64 9 360 6800 | F: +64 9 360 6802 | M: +64 27 2222556 | W: www.rnzys.org.nz  
Cubar Odssey 2017 - Cruise to La Paz, Baja California
Posted 4Oct2016
San Diego Yacht Club is hosting the Cubar Odyssey 2017 by organizing a fleet of boats to make the trek down to La Paz, Baja California during November 2017.